The Afghan National Cricket Team received a heroes’ welcome when they arrived home in Kabul on Tuesday after having successfully made it to the Super 10s in the ICC World Cup T20 tournament in India.
Thousands of fans gathered outside the airport and filled the Afghan Cricket Board’s stadium where they waved flags and banners and chanted congratulatory slogans during a welcoming ceremony for the team.
High-ranking government officials and other dignitaries were on hand to greet the team when they arrived at the airport.
On Sunday Afghanistan beat the mighty, unbeaten West Indies by 6 runs in a thrilling match in Nagpur in India.
Despite not having qualified for the semi-finals, Afghanistan’s dream of beating at least one major team came true Sunday afternoon.
Speaking after the match, captain Asghar Stanikzai said the win had been a very important win for them and said his team had played very well.
Afghanistan deserved a victory in the Super 10s and they got it over the previously unbeaten West Indies side. The match showed class all round from their side, true spirit in the field and fantastic team morale.
Afghanistan has come a long way since making its debut in the international circuit in 2001, and making its way towards top-flight cricket in a fairtytale run.
With a battery of pace bowlers that can trouble the best batsmen, a pool of natural talent and a never-say-die spirit, it is one of the teams that has had fans excited through the Super 10 series of the World Cup tournament.
Messages of congratulations streamed in on Monday from numerous senior officials.
Among them was President Ashraf Ghani who said on his twitter account: “Our cricket heroes continue to surprise us with their amazing performance. We proudly thank you for all the efforts and hard work!”